Kung Fu Panda World
My 7-year old son has just hit the age that he’s really getting into games in general. We’re talking the Wii, online games, games for the iPhone/ iPad and even board games. Sure, he liked the Wii and some board games just fine. But now he’s learning skill and strategy and I have to admit that I love it. As kids my husband and I were avid game players and we still love playing cards. It’s about time our genes started expressing themselves in our offspring.
Aerial shot of Kung Fu Panda World
One of my son’s latest faves is Kung Fu Panda World (KFPW), the brand-spanking new online destination for kids. Now, we’ve never explored Club Penguin or other online kids’ worlds but I’m pretty blown away by the high-quality animation in Kung Fu Panda World, which shouldn’t surprise anyone since it’s a Dreamworks Animation production (KFPW is their first foray into the online space).
First thing you do when you join KFPW is you get to choose a character. They give you a little personality quiz and recommend you be either a Panda-, Tiger-, or Monkey-based character. Of course, they chose monkey for me… my first choice anyway. However, I could have changed it to Tiger, had I preferred. Then, there’s a little spinner-dohickey that recommends names for your character, which you can play around with. Overall there are 18 million name combinations. If you want, you can extend the whole process to a cool 20 minutes of fun time for your kid. Or you can speed right through it.
Meet Cool Caring Blossom, aka me in KFPW.
Activity-wise, my favorite part of the site is the scavenger hunts. (I’m sure I was a pirate in another life.) My son loves the various arcade style games you find throughout KFPW most of which you can play by yourself or invite other KFPW members to play.
Safety-wise, I’m a fan of KFPW’s Parent Control Panel where you can oversee and manage your child’s account by enabling or disabling features like safe chat and the gameplay settings (all through a separate login, ahem). Other overall safety measures that KFPW follows: no personal information solicited or shared and chat & online behavior are filtered and monitored by a U.S.-based and trained-staff, 24/7.
In terms of technology, it’s a browser-based world, so there is nothing to download or install. Hooray! (I am so annoyed with the endless updating of all the other bookmarklets parked on my browser). There is free play available up to Level 6 (where you can keep playing), or you can buy a monthly subscription of $5.95. The other alternative is a sponsored game play option which provides free play but with the member-quality experience (day-long trial only). In return, when you and/or your kid login you see a Brought To You by Sponsor banner ad.
So, if you come across Cool Caring Blossom in Kung Fu Panda World don’t forget to friend me! My son? His Kung Fu Panda identity is a secret. Sorry. You’re a parent, I’m sure you understand.
And, oh yes, there will be more game reviews coming now that this is fashionable at home.